Spare Parts for Full-Timing

Last post I said, “Next post may be about spare parts — what else do we carry?”

It’s taken awhile to get around to this post. I’ve been writing elsewhere about our adventures on our land in the Blue Ridge Mountains of N.C. While thinking about this post, I just didn’t get to writing it.

We’ve addressed previously the gear list of our truck and trailer on our web pages.

This post is to talk about spare parts we carry. We try to be self-sufficient as much as we can. If we can, we’ll fix what breaks. Sometimes things wear out or break. Some things are more important than others. If we lose refrigeration of our food it’s not quite disastrous. We have dry goods, and usually are within a reasonable drive to a grocery store. But if our hitch fails, we’re stopped. If our trailer’s electrical system stops working, we might be uncomfortable.

Having looked closely at what we carry (and don’t), I’ve decided to eliminate some of the stuff we thought we needed. What’s the worst that happens if you lack the spare? How many years do you carry something before you decide it’s surplus?

This is the list of spare parts we carry on our travels:

Quickbite Coupler and Equalizer hitch parts –
1 pair Equalizer L-pins
1 pair Equalizer socket pins
1 pair Quickbite hitch jaw pins
2 5/16″ hitch ball
hitch head pin and clip

Dometic Fridge –
thermistor (interior temperature sensor)
thermocouple (flame proving sensor)
gas burner jet

Atwood Water heater –
Thermal Cut-Off (TCO) replacement
Drain plugs (plastic, threaded)

Casework –
cabinet door latches

Electrical –
LED 5 watt G4 bipin bulbs
LED 10 watt G4 bipin bulbs
CFL 9-watt bulb for dinette lamp
ATC fuses 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 amp
80 amp class-T fuse (for inverter)
wire, insulated stranded and solid, 22 gauge to 8 gauge
7-way receptacle, complete spare
battery cable tubular lug rings

Plumbing –
bushings 1/4″ IPT, brass
ells, short nipples, plugs 1/4″ IPT, galv
fresh water tank petcock

Radio –
UHF PL-259 connectors
Double UHF female connectors
shrink tubing, various diameters
AGC fuses (0.5 – 30a)

Let’s see what your spare parts lists are, and what you think of mine.

See you down the road!

Jim and Debbie

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9 responses to “Spare Parts for Full-Timing

  1. Hi Jim and Debbie, Spare parts here are 12 volt fuses, 12 volt light bulbs, electrical wire of various gauges, spare tire, engine fan belt, filters, coolant, and motor oil. Hey we’re waiting to hear about the ADVENTURES on your land!

    • Herb,
      We too carry spare tires, one for truck and one for the trailer. Not all Airstreams ship with a spare, apparently, but ours did. We’ve used it once, I think. It was 2010, on our way from Moab to Gillette and we picked up a piece of road construction rebar tie-wire. Thanks to tire pressure monitoring, an alert sounded before we started out next morning.

      Although we have same engine as your Moho, we don’t carry any spare engine parts. Just been so lucky, and prolly will get around to adding this sometime.

      Our land journal is at I’ve sent you a guest pass so you see what we’re doing here.

  2. Hello, Jim and Deb! I just wonder if you carry any generator for boon-docking sometimes. If so, can you tell me what kind? I haven’t read all of your blog and I don’t know how to search your blog contents. So I can’t find that information. I am planning to tow an AS sometime in the near future. The only problem for me is that there is no place I can carry moderate size generator on AS. I need one at least 3500kw. Thank you

    • Your question reminds me we carry a part for our small 1,000 watt Yamaha generator and also one for our chainsaw.

      So yes, we’ve carried a portable generator for the past nine years. Except once when I left gas with ethanol in it overlong without running the engine, we’ve had fabulous service from this. We try to run it under load for an hour every month and last year made the switch to ethanol-free gasoline. There’s a neat website for locating stations selling ethanol-free gas (

      We chose the 1,000 watt generator for two reasons. The larger generators seem heavier (to my muscles) every year, and we had no trouble finding space for this little blue sewing machine-sized generator. A 1,000 watt generator will charge the batteries very well and nothing short of a 3,000 would have assuredly run everything so we didn’t consider any in-between size.

      Welcome to our blog, commenting for the first time. We’re glad to hear from you.

    • I forgot to respond about searching our posts. Two answers:
      1. I think our blog posts are searchable using our blog name “dreamstreamr” and the topic you want in the search window for any search engine.
      2. Our web site,, is organized by subject area. Please let me know any suggestions on how we might improve it after you look at it?


  3. Yeah, DJ — I forgot those “spare parts.” Caulk, tape, glues, lubes, solvents.

  4. You are so organized. Me, not so much. Thank goodness for Wal-Mart, Good Sam, and Skymed. And, duct tape!

    • Rich,

      You know, I should have thought of this angle – we cover it in our seminars on organizing our trailer. Choosing, or forgetting, to not bring something can be a non-critical choice. Sure, certain meds and support equipment must with you as precaution. Otherwise, not so much. MOST places we go are within range of some sort of store for those things we can’t wait to pick up. Thanks for the dose of reality.



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